Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
1 Because toilet rolls are toys. Totally.
2 Flower on a neglected succulent.
3 Jacaranda blossom.
4 Texta, watermelon and peek-a-boo.
I haven't been taking many photos recently, so I've actually cheated here – this meagre selection is from the past two weeks.
Linking to the ever inspiring Em.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
I'm one of the mums with oodles of help. Seriously OODLES. My mum visits at least weekly and helps with gymbaroo. My sister has been dropping by regularly, as well as helping with swimming lessons. My mother-in-law is currently visiting family in Uruguay, but when she is in town, she takes both Oscar and Nora for an entire day, every week. Rodge is generally home in time for dinner and will help with bath and bedtimes. I know I'm lucky. I have no complaints.
But still sometimes, the house is a complete mess; the rug is splattered with yoghurt and toast crusts, toys seem to dominate every room, dishes are piled on the benchtop, rubbish bins need emptying, clean folded washing covers the piano and dirty washing dominates the laundry. Sometimes all my three children are screaming at once and you know you need to take a breath and work through each issue one at a time (naturally starting with the screaming children). Sometimes, even with oodles of help, being a stay at home mum to three young children can seem isolating and stressful.
This week I had one of those awful mornings. Big time. To cut a long story short – the breaking point came when at the swimming pool I'd realised I'd forgotten Nora's swimmers AND my wallet, so while attempting to buy a swim nappy so she could go to her lesson, I realised I couldn't. Then a beautiful, complete stranger approached me and offered to buy her a swim nappy. I may have started crying while thanking her for her kindness.
I haven't quite found my groove with three children. And I think it may take a little while just yet. But I send a HUGE, MASSIVE THANK YOU, to everyone that helps frazzled mums, directly and indirectly – including strangers at swimming pools. A kind word or action to a stressed mum can be a really, really wonderful gift!
ps. photos taken by my sister Tess. Yes, we're going for an evening walk, yes they are both barefoot. Tess has been posting heaps of lovely photos (including a recent gorgeous shot of my niece Ottilie) on her instagram here (or search instagram for celestecebra).
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
2 Iris on the change table. I can't get over how quickly she has grown. She's a big bub at 6 weeks, 5.5 kilos – in the 90th percentile!
3 Petite pink ouchflowers this week.
4 + 5 Goodness from my parents' garden
6 Their first ever sprinkler experience. I imagine this is a fairly rare childhood experience in Sydney these days.
7 Oh hello there Miss Irie Bear.
8 Sharing strawberries on the back step.
We've had a rather magical week this week. Filled with family, friends, hot weather, farm animals and home-grown goodness from my parents garden. I hope yours has been just as lovely.
Linking to Em.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
2 Silly magnifying glass fun.
3 I've been admiring these flowers all week.
4 FIELD in hyde park, a sea of mirrors that we discovered while on our snail trail.
5 Love. Iris and her Papa.
Linking with Em.